Coverage Breakdown: South Panola @ Southaven
Players to Watch:
Patrick Shegog - The 2017 Elite 10 member and Tulane commit has been an offensive juggernaut this season at quarterback. He has completed 59% of his passes for 1,620 yards and has thrown for 17 touchdowns on the year. He also leads the team is rushing yards with 563.
John Railey - He has proven to be one of the best playmakers at receiver in the region so far. Railey leads the team with 519 yards and averages nearly 17 yards a catch. He has scored five touchdowns through the air.
Barry Flowers - The senior wide out is another reliable target in the Tiger passing game with his hands and speed. Flowers had caught 25 passes for 292 yards and has five touchdowns this season.
D’Jordan Strong - An Arkansas State pledge. Strong is a playmaker of both the offensive and defensive side of the football. At receiver, he has 16 catches for 258 yards and a score. On defense, he has 27 tackles to go along with three pass breakups.
Robert Hentz - The anchor of that strong South Panola defensive line. The senior has racked up 52 tackles and has made his way in the backfield quite a bit this season, getting six sacks and 13 TFLs.
Micah Chillers - The dual-threat, senior quarterback has been one of the biggest components to Southaven’s impressive 3-1 region start. The former baseball player is most dangerous running the option.
Jules Holley - He has been a do-it-all athlete this season for the Chargers. The senior is a threat at running back, receiver, and when returning kicks and punts.
Kendarrious Reed - The senior outside linebacker seems to always get to the ball carrier no matter what. He moves very quick for his big size.
Jaylen Posey - The 6’2, 207 pound specimen is the heart and soul of this Charger defense at middle linebacker. He is among the team’s leaders in tackles.
Mario Boyland - He has proven to be not only a lockdown defensive back, but a great tackler in space on the edge. He has a few interceptions this year, some where he got valuable yardage after the catch.
Keys to the Game:
Can South Panola bully the Chargers up front? For the second week in a row, the Tigers face a fantastic group of linebackers. Southaven’s group of linebackers have been solid up to this point. They have been heavily involved in the other team’s backfield. South Panola is massive in their offensive line and they need to blow the Chargers off the line of scrimmage and take Southaven’s linebackers out of the equation if they want to find offensive success.
Can Southaven take advantage of South Panola’s aggressiveness? South Panola, as they have been for years, is explosive defensively. They can do a lot of good things in a hurry. If Southaven can find the plays offensively to get behind the Tigers and use their aggressiveness against them, they have a shot in this game.
Who can contain the quarterback defensively? Both South Panola and Southaven arguably have the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the region. Both Patrick Shegog and Micah Chillers have been equally keyed on by other defenses running the ball as much as passing it. If one team can find a way to slow down the other team’s quarterback and contain him, they should have a god chance at coming away with a W.
Turnovers - This has been an issue for both teams going into this game. They move the ball really well, but they sometimes have a hard time finishing the deal. Turnovers can change any game at any given moment. The team with fewer turnovers should be in good shape to win.
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